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Custom-Made Re-purposed Focal Point

  I had saved the fir timbers from the wall which were torn down at the beginning of this renovation.  I knew something could be built with them.  I  later designed (keeping the scale of the remaining cabinetry in mind) an open-shelving unit which could be retro-fitted […]

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Granite Ordered

Well this was a process! I headed to the supplier and spent an entire morning walking the isles and admiring the incredible selection of granite. I could have been there for days if I had the budget to spend!!! lol But, perhaps it was a bonus I […]

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Why Not Use Every Nook and Cranny???

  FINISHED!!! See below for process   This doorway used to be a broom closet with the door facing into the front hallway. Since all but three walls around it were removed and it had to built out on one side, I always thought it was a […]

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Microwave Installation

  FINISHED!  See process below     Lovely, I hired a handyman to help me install microwave – definitely a two person job. Precise measuring was required to ensure that the microwave could be installed tightly under the upper cabinet. The holes down through the bottom of […]

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Problem Sections Will Require Solutions

With any renovation there will be problems. But, with creative and resourceful thinking almost everything can be resolved. What used to be a closet is now the new doorway into the dining room. Notice how I will have to streamline the cove at the bottom edge against […]

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Mudding the Drywall

This was definitely not my favourite job. Once I had finished “boarding” or drywalling the walls and the beams; as well as, trimming the drywall, it was time to start coating joints, screw holes etc. with my first coat of drywall compound. First of many I might […]

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Christmas Break – Enjoying Mid-Reno!

I love to renovate but it also can be fun to live in a reno if you make a choice to stop, clean, and relax in it and enjoy the stage you are at. Christmas is a time for family and friends and I wanted it to […]

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The Cabinets Have Arrived!

I ordered the cabinets over a month ago and they are here just in time for Christmas! But oh yes they still need to be put together! They were actually relatively simple to build. The instructions provided were precise and easy to follow. With help, it didn’t […]

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Drywalling Starts

Once the insulation was wrapped and sealed with vapour barrier, the kitchen was ready for drywall. Oh but that dreaded sanding can wait!!! This was a good time to place the appliances to ensure their measurements and positioning were accurate with respect to future cabinetry, electrical outlets, […]

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The View “Through the Walls”

This view is from the living room through the dining room into the kitchen beyond. Reverse view – even better once upright 2X4’s removed and supporting beams professionally installed. Always contact a professional for the removal of load-bearing walls!

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